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United Methodist Communities Announces Strategic Partnership with VirtuSense and Netsmart to Implement $909K “Game-Changer” Telehealth Grant

United Methodist Communities (UMC) announced strategic partnerships with tech providers VirtuSense and Netsmart to implement telehealth strategies to fight coronavirus. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently awarded UMC the $909,560 grant to fund a remote patient-monitoring platform and telehealth software licenses for its skilled nursing units. Components of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program include resident-based internet-connect …

United Methodist Communities Announces Staff Appointments

Michele E. Matthews Promoted to Executive Director and Sharon Schwarzkopf Appointed Healthcare Administrator United Methodist Communities (UMC) is pleased to announce the promotion of Michele E. Matthews to executive director and the appointment of Sharon Schwarzkopf to healthcare administrator at their Pitman campus, effective May 15, 2020. Ms. Matthews, assisted living administrator at UMC at …

6 Things You Need to Know About High Blood Pressure

May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month, so the team at our CCRC in Sussex County, New Jersey would like to share some facts about this health condition that can help save lives, especially in this time of the COVID-19 pandemic.  High blood pressure is a primary or contributing cause to almost 1,000 deaths …

3 Unlikely Ways to Catch COVID-19

As an assisted living community in Gloucester County, we know exactly how much everyone is being inundated with COVID-19 information , tips, and news. While it’s important to stay safe and sanitize, there are also some myths and exaggerations making the rounds that have made folks a bit panicky. It’s important to know what’s real and what …

2 Important Tips for Maintaining Healthy Lungs as We Age

Enjoying your Golden Years to the full means taking great care of yourself, from eating a healthy diet and having regular check-ups with your health specialists to getting enough exercise. As we age, our lungs start weakening and becoming less flexible, which can quickly compromise health and daily life. Here are a couple of tips …

5 Ways to Make the Most of Our “Indoor Time”

By Laura Pucciarelli It’s natural for everyone to need some downtime, some time to relax and unwind. Whether we’re forced to stay inside due to a pandemic quarantine or for other reasons, the feeling of boredom is almost excruciating. There’s only so long we can sit and relax until that feeling of guilt sets in …

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How to Help Care for a Senior with Type 2 Diabetes

March is American Diabetes Alert Month and National Kidney Month. So, the team at our CCRC in Sussex County, New Jersey, is sharing tips and advice for caregivers whose loved ones have type 2 diabetes and require long-term care . Type 2 Diabetes and Seniors A diagnosis of type 2 diabetes is life-changing. Managing this condition means …

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Is Life Insurance a Good Idea for Seniors?

Life insurance is often spoken about as if it’s only for younger people. But, there are some good reasons to consider it later in life. Here’s some insight from our assisted living team in Camden County, NJ. We’re Living Longer Than Ever Before  Thanks to better nutrition, healthcare, and medical treatment, our lives are getting longer – which …

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Ground-Breaking Therapies in the Fight Against Alzheimer’s

The fight against Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most important of our time. While there is not yet a cure, increased focus on dementia-related illness has produced exciting new possibilities. These include both drug-based and cognitive-centered therapies that slow the progression of the disease. These groundbreaking therapies are key to not only improving the …

Lorraine Stone Appears as Harriet Tubman at Black History Month Celebration

United Methodist Communities at The Wesleyan hosts the annual event United Methodist Communities (UMC) at The Wesleyan celebrates Black History month annually — 2020 was no exception. Lorraine Stone reenacted the life of a remarkable cook, nurse, slave, political activist, suffragette, armed scout, liberator, abolitionist, spy, founder of a retirement home, and devout Methodist. That …

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United Methodist Communities Partners with Synzi to Support Home Health Clients

New Jersey Organization Uses the Synzi Virtual Care Communication Platform to Enhance the Delivery of Home Health Care Synzi, a leading virtual care company, has announced that United Methodist Communities (UMC), a faith-based, nonprofit organization with a 112+ year history in New Jersey, is using Synzi’s virtual care platform in HomeWorks, its home care division. …

The Challenge and the Opportunity of Downsizing

Downsizing is a commonly cited concern of those contemplating assisted living . While shedding clutter can be a liberating experience for many, it also opens an exciting chapter of life. Here are some of the challenges as well as the great opportunities downsizing brings from our assisted living team in Gloucester County, NJ. The Challenge – Realizing the …

Spotting the 5 Signs of Mild Cognitive Impairment

As we age, our brains change just like the rest of our bodies. While it’s natural to notice a little forgetfulness as your loved one ages, it’s important to know the difference between normal signs of aging and something more serious — mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Here’s how to identify signs that indicate your loved …

What is Terminal Lucidity?

Every individual reaches the end of their life in their own way. Often, this time brings unexpected feelings, events, and phenomena.  One of these phenomena is terminal lucidity. Here’s some insight into what this mysterious rally is all about, from our hospice community in South Jersey . The Phenomenon of Terminal Lucidity  What causes terminal lucidity, also called an end-of-life rally . Why some …

Great Brain Games Can Keep Senior Minds Sharp!

Memory loss , whether it’s simple forgetfulness or a serious health condition like dementia or Alzheimer’s, is a common challenge for the majority of seniors. A lot of research is going into how we can prevent or slow this type of memory loss, and researchers are increasingly promoting brain games to achieve this. Here’s some insight from …

5 Tips for Making the Move to Assisted Living Easier for Couples

At first, it might sound easier, but it can actually be far more challenging to find an assisted living facility for both your parents than for just one of them! With life spans increasing for both men and women, and more couples than ever before over the age of 60, families are increasingly having to …

Guardianship and Your Loved One in Hospice

It’s important that a person’s wishes regarding their medical care and financial decisions are respected at all times. However, this can become a problem when they are no longer able to competently advocate for themselves. In these cases, a guardianship may be necessary. Here’s what this means, from the team at our hospice in South Jersey . What is Guardianship?  …